Chutes and Ladders (Part 1)

As you can see by the title, we are going to discuss the classic children’s board game. Chutes and Ladders has many different variations but the concept is the same, as you move on the board if you land on a ladder you go up and if you land on a chute you do down. It’s a very simple concept!

I am a very competitive person, anyone who knows me, knows that to be true. I turn everything into a competition, I want to win at everything! Life is like a game. We are the pieces on the playing board of life. Every move we make in life has an outcome whether it’s good or bad, helpful or hurtful.

I saw a verse a few weeks ago that made me think about this game “Chutes and Ladders.”

“Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭26:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I want to talk about the last half of this verse today. “I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.”

In the Christian life, we can slide. In life in general, we can slide. Unless we trust in the Lord. I got to thinking about slides and thought of a few points that would illustrate our sliding away from God.

One of the best things about any playground is the slide. Slides are fun! I love y’all slides that go really fast! I remember a place in Colorado called the “North Pole.” It was like a children’s amusement park that was Christmas themed. There they had like a three-story slide that you had to go down on a potato sack! It was so much fun!

Even though slides are fun, no matter the shape or size, they all have somethings in common that we can learn from. It’s good to learn spiritual lessons from everyday things.

The Direction of a Slide.

The first direction a slide goes is down.

If you were playing “Chutes and Ladders” and landed on a chute, or a slide, you would slide back down the board to wherever it ends. You would move backwards.

A slide on a playground always goes down. I’ve never seen a playground slide that goes up!

In the Christian life, if we do not trust in God and I’m talking about trusting Him more than in just salvation, we will start to slide in our life and gradually decline and move away from Him. When we aren’t trusting in God, we are trusting in something else, whether it be ourselves, someone else, money or whatever the case may be, our trust isn’t in God. Lack of trust in God will bring sliding in our life.

The second direction a slide goes is away.

You may not always go down when you start to slide but you will definitely start sliding away from the top or where you should be.

When you fail to trust God, you will eventually end up sliding away from Him. It may not happen instantly but over time, there will be so much distance between you and God because you trusted in everything else but Him.

The Dangers of a Slide

Although slides are very fun, they can be dangerous! In my opinion, the higher a slide is and the faster it goes, the better! I don’t like the little three foot slides anymore, I need something exciting!

I’ve seen kids fall off of slides, get stuck on a slide, hit the ground hard at the bottom of a slide. I’ve seen children crying because of their experience on a slide! I’ve seen the dangers of a slide.

When we start sliding in our Christian life because we lack trusting in God, we are in danger of failing as a Christian. When we don’t trust in God to lead and guide us in our daily life, we are in danger of making stupid decisions that we will end up regretting later!

Slides at the playground are fun! Like I mentioned before, the higher and faster they go, the better! Sliding in life because of our lack of trust in God, that’s not fun. It has its consequences!

Trust in the Lord! He will keep you from sliding in life!

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You’re In The Way

Sometimes you’re biggest obstacle to achieving opportunities is yourself!

As I was talking to a friend the other day about life and what I believed the Lord had in store for myself and my family, I was telling him how I felt about a couple things. During this conversation, he just looked at me and said “you’re in the way.”

That phrase has stuck in my head for some time now and I have realized how much truth was in the statement.

You see, he made that statement in reference to why I believe I’m not in God’s perfect will for my life. I’m in the way of being where I should be, doing what I should do.

“Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As I was thinking about the phrase “you’re in the way, I thought about the verse above, Galatians 5:7. Paul is asking the church of Galatia who hindered them from obeying the truth. Paul was asking who slowed you down? Who held you back? Who made it difficult for you to obey the truth?

When I read this verse, I think of many different things, many different people who have slowed myself and others down in the Christian life? So much work for Christ has been left undone and unfinished because Christians have been hindered from obeying the truth and following after Christ.

When I read that word “who” in Galatians 5:7, almost always, the first “who” I think about is myself. The person who hinders me from obeying the truth and doing what I should and need to be doing is myself! I’m in my own way!!

When I start to think of how I hinder myself, I think of three things. These three things, I think are a common problem among many Christians. If we are all honest with ourselves, we can all probably say that we hinder ourselves in some way.

The first thing that I get in my own way is my lack of trust in Christ. Yes, I trusted Christ as my Saviour and I trust that I’m always saved through Him. Yes, I trust Him with different aspects in life…but that’s the problem, I need to trust Him in ALL things! When I try to figure out life and do it my own way, I’m just proving that I lack trust in Christ to lead me and guide me where I should go.

The second way I see how I get in my own way is through the time that I waste on a regular basis. When I think of all the time I waste doing things that have no impact on eternity makes me sick! Playing games, sleeping, watching tv, just generally being lazy has put me in a spot where it’s time to kick it in to high gear if I’m ever going to accomplish anything for Christ!

Lastly, one of the main areas I see where I hinder myself, is that of living in the past. I always think about what I used to do for Christ and the success and blessings I’ve seen. I also think about the times where I have failed my Heavenly Father and have let Him down. If I’m always focused on the past, I’ll never be able to see what the Lord has for me in the future!

Here are a few verses I have been using to encourage myself in each one of these areas.

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Redeeming the time

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Looking ahead to the future

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Although I wrote this from a spiritual aspect in fulfilling God’s will for your life. You can take these points and use them in your life to achieve whatever goals and dreams you have.

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Be Profitable

“Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The message I heard a few Sunday nights ago was from this verse. The message was on being profitable in our life (I can’t remember the exact title.)

Since that Sunday night, I have been thinking a lot about this message. I have been asking myself, am I profitable to someone?

Am I profitable to Christ?

Am I profitable to my spouse?

Am I profitable to my church?

Am I profitable to my boss?

The simple definition of profitable is beneficial, useful.

Who are you beneficial too? Who are useful too?

To be profitable to someone, you cannot be selfish. There will have to be sacrifice on your part. You have to put someone else and their needs before yours.

Paul found Mark profitable to him because Mark was willing to put aside his needs to help out Paul.

We have to be available to profitable! If you aren’t available to be used, you will not be profitable to anyone. Are you available for God to use you? Or are you too busy with sports and work and other things that you have no time for God!

We have to be dependable to profitable! How can you be profitable to someone if you aren’t even dependable? If you have a hard time showing up to where you are supposed to be, if you have a hard time fulfilling your duties, you will not be considered profitable to anyone.

Once you show that you are available when needed and show that you are dependable to fulfill whatever needs done, then you will become valuable and considered profitable!

Don’t be like Demas who forsook Paul! Be like Mark who was profitable and useful to Paul!

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